GENERAL MANAGER COACHING OF THE FLAMES
So who replaces Bob Hartley? First of all, we have to try to figure out what direction this team wants to go in. Do we want another disciplinarian? Maybe a people's coach, one who a little easier on his players' work. Or in others words, a player's coach. We know Hartley was... well... a grumpy Coach (cannot say hard***, a family blog site, you know.) The Flames might not want to go that route again. So let's play General Manager, shall we?
There are plenty of names our there who would make excellent candidates. Here are some names, not in any particular order.
Bob is my pick. I wanted him before Hartley. Bob is a solid hockey mind. He is a no-nonsense guy. He is a reliable communicator with young players.
Kevin a was a solid two-way player. He played in all aspects of the game. He would be an asset in the special teams game. Particularly with the woeful penalty killing the Flames had last year.
Paul had some success in Ottawa. He would be able to help right away with the Flames' powerplay. He is a people's coach, loves talking to the media and fans, and would be a solid choice for the position. I hope the Flames contact him.
Todd Richards is a logical choice for two reasons. One, he can relate to the players. Todd will make the players more accountable for their play in the defensive zone. There will be more of a system. Defense first, and the scoring will take care of itself. He did a solid job in his first stint; no reason why he cannot succeed in his second stint with the Flames.
Payne has had four years as an assistant coach in LA. If you like how the Kings play, you have to consider Davis. Burke has said that the Flames have to get bigger and faster. Davis knows how to coach that type of player. Coach Sutter uses his assistant coaches in the practices; Davis was seriously utilized in the Kings system.